Working holiday in the Lake district.
POSITION 1 Housekeeper - one position available for the following dates;
10th January onwards
POSITION 2 General Maintenance/Estate work - male/female (must have experience) - one position available for the following dates;
mid March onwards
Read through our host listing carefully.
When you apply please give us the exact dates you would like to stay.
Minimum age = 20
Minimum stay = 4 weeks
We are a small family business with self-catering holiday cottages and Bed & Breakfast in a 200 yr. old building in the centre of Keswick, Cumbria. We have large grounds with woodland, garden and vegetable garden as well as a dog, cat, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea-pigs & geese.
Jeronime is a qualified and experienced EFL teacher.
We will be opening artists studios and an art gallery & cafe in the middle of September.
We are a large family with 7 children (3 at university and 4 at home (17,10,8 & 6).
Greta Hall is ALWAYS a very busy house with guests, our children, friends. If this is a problem please DO NOT apply.
We love walking the Fells, sailing, climbing, Canadian canoeing, camping, fishing & BBQs on the Lakeside.
Basically, if you can do it outdoors... you can do it in Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the UK.
We offer TWO WorkAway OPTIONS
1. 25 hrs per week in exchange for all accommodation and food
2. 15 hrs in exchange for accommodation only in our converted barn.
Type of help.Other,
Helping with Tourists,
Help in the house,
Cooking / shopping,
Please let us know which one you are applying for.
POSITION 1 - HOUSEKEEPER
Someone responsible to help in our family house (tidying, cleaning, laundry & cooking), B&B and tea room.
*General everyday cleaning of family home
*Regular deep cleaning as required
*Family & guest laundry
*Cooking family meals if you can
*Help sometimes with family pets which include ducks, hens, rabbits, guinea-pigs & geese, hamsters and 2 lovely rats!
*Cleaning guest accommodation on Saturdays
*Occasional babysitting/collecting children from the school bus
This work requires someone who is organised, uses time effectively, is conscientious, has an eye for detail, has initiative and likes cleaning.
POSITION 2 - GENERAL MAINTENANCE
Scott needs experienced help for repair and construction projects
At the moment the work we need help with are;
*Replacing shower units / toilets / sinks / tiling
*Interior painting and decorating
*Keeping woodland tidy
*Managing vegetable garden & maintaining main garden
*Keeping recycling area clean and tidy
*Cleaning out animal sheds
*Maintaining wood supplies for use on open fires / wood-burning stoves
*Help with cleaning guest accommodation on Saturday
You must be experienced, organised, able to use your time effectively, be conscientious and able to work independently.
You will be working outside and Cumbria is often wet!
Saturday is very busy day, we have to get all the guest accommodation ready for guests in quite a short time.
You need to learn the cleaning routine.
Its very important that you are prepared to clean the guest accommodation to a high standard.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
25hrs per week
Monday - Friday 9am start
Saturday 10am start
Days off Thursday and Sunday
Minimum stay - 4 weeks however, we always start with a 1 week trial period. We are also interested in hearing from anyone interested in a longterm stay. In this case we pay a small weekly 'pocket money'.
Sorry, but we can't accept WorkAwayers under 21
If you from outside the EU you must have valid medical insurance
Depending on availability / single or couple WorkAways, we offer one of the following; bedroom on the top floor of the main family house OR half of large converted barn.
The barn has single beds, double glazing, large wood burning stove and sofas. Both rooms have shared use of one family bathroom.
We have Wi-Fi throughout Greta Hall.
We offer three meat free meals a day. However we eat fish, dairy and eggs.
It would be difficult for us to cater for a full vegetarian diet.
We like WorkAways to eat the same food at the same time as us.
You can make tea / coffee / cordial anytime you want.
We usually have homemade biscuits & cake available for snacks as well as fresh fruit.
WorkAways are expected to help prepare meals, lay the table and clear-up after meals. As set out by WorkAway, this time is in addition to your 5 hours per day. If you are a good cook, it would be great if you could prepare meals are part of your WorkAway hours.
In addition we do expect WorkAways to ensure they don't create more cleaning/tidying...we don't need anymore kids to look after!
We expect you to try to only speak in English whilst around our family / guests, except in an emergency of-course!
What else ...
Keswick has a large international community who are very welcoming. However, YOU need to make an effort.
There are loads of groups & societies in Keswick (walking, knitting, climbing, singing, theatre....) most of which are free/very cheap to join. Most of our WorkAways have taken full advantage of these opportunities and made life long friends here.
We have maps, bikes, canoes etc you are welcome to use while you are here.
PLEASE NOTE: We will only communicate via WorkAway. It is much easier for us to keep track of requests and communication through the WorkAway website.
Some more information
Volunteering hours expected
25hrs per week
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Feedback left about host
by Sandra [21/08/2013]:for host
The time together with Jeronime, Scott, the whole family and all the friends of the family was so positive intensive. It was my first Workaway experience and never I could get a better family to start such a project. It was quite interesting to live and work
by Marc [11/10/2012]:for host
We made lots of activity together as the conoë, walking,
by Ludovica [04/10/2012]:for host
All the family, from the oldest to the youngest, is very kind and it is easy to feel at home!
We learned a lot of things, from how to feed rabbits and hens, to how to clean properly such a big house and something about how to run a B&B too!
Seth spent his entire stay creating two sets of steps leading down through a woodland to our river. We have named them 'Seth's Steps'! Hannah would have
by Gerda [17/09/2012]:for host
Thank you Mayte and good
by Mayte [29/09/2012]:for host
She is diligent, insightful and hugely conscientious! In addition, our children really loved having her to stay. Thank you Marina, please come back someday!
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